Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Microsoft Surface Go tablet launched, takes on Apple iPad Pro

Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei Microsoft Surface flagship in Taipei
Camille Neal | 11 July, 2018, 07:29

Microsoft has unveiled its smallest and least expensive Surface tablet yet, a long-rumored portable device that will compete with Apple's iPad Mini. Microsoft's managed to elegantly design the device in a way that gives the impression of the entire gadget being one solid form.

Microsoft is going for the low-end of the personal computing market with a smaller, cheaper Surface Go tablet that takes on Apple's cheapest iPads. Windows can be upgraded to a full Windows 10 Pro license, though, which would allow you to install and run any application you wish.

The Surface Go is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and Microsoft claims to have worked with the chip manufacturer to "optimise power, performance, and battery for the most critical tasks people perform every day". There's the option to get the 8GB RAM/128GB SSD configuration, but that variant costs more than $549.

The Surface Go's keyboard seen in the photos will be sold separately for $99 or $129 for the Signature Type Cover, which uses a scissor key mechanism and has 1mm of key travel. As of now, there is no information about the global availability.

When it comes to ports, the tablet comes with a Surface Connect port for charging and docking, a USB-C port for connecting USB devices, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

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Also, both tablets support pen input. Microsoft promises the Surface Go can handle productivity apps like Office and casual apps like Spotify and Netflix. The Surface Go is just just 8.3mm thick and weighs 520g sans keyboard and stylus (optional extras).

We got to check out the Surface Go a few weeks before (checkout our hands-on here), and it's a promising new budget Windows device that makes Surface accessible to more customers. That changed with the reveal of the Surface Go.

In terms of battery life, the Surface Go official numbers are slightly lower than those of the iPad: the Go is said to last up to 9 hours on a single charge, while the iPad can last up to 10 hours. There's also a Surface Pen for $99 that artists and students can purchase for doodling and note-taking purposes.

To make the Surface Go a full laptop-replacement, one will also need to invest in a Type Cover. Attaching a keyboard adds 0.5 pounds to the Surface's weight. The Type Cover's keys, similar in size to shrunken HP Mini netbooks of a decade ago, were comfortable and could be typed on with big adult fingers.

The includes the new Alcantara Surface Keyboard covers, which bring the soft (and hard to keep clean) material based keyboards from the Surface Laptop to the tablet line. The Go can plug into a monitor for a more traditional desktop experience.

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